Yes, you read that correctly. 537%. Or as the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it, “staggering”.
But let me remind that paper what its fine City Council president, Lisa Bender, said about police defunding.
“If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender tweeted.
How willing are residents to go on dismantling the white supremacist system of preventing violent thugs from carjacking them?
A housekeeper arriving early to her shift in south Minneapolis was confronted by two hooded teenagers outside her driver’s side window.
One pointed a gun at her head, demanding that she get out, before firing three shots: two ricocheted off the window and a third struck her side-view mirror.
The woman threw her car into reverse, sending the teens fleeing in the stolen car they arrived in, the latest in a series of brazen attempted armed robberies and carjackings in a wave that is stretching across the city. Minneapolis residents are grappling with a triple-digit percentage increase in these crimes, and incidents occurring at all hours, including broad daylight.
This woman sounds like a member of a minority group, but her resistance to having her property expropriated by the oppressed vanguard of the revolution suggests that she might suffer from internalized whiteness.
Within a one-hour period Saturday morning, police reported three separate carjackings in southeast Minneapolis, including one where an elderly woman was struck on the head. Such attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November.
Lisa Bender could not be reached for comment.
A new proposal by a trio of City Council members — including President Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham and Steve Fletcher — would move roughly 5% from MPD to violence prevention, a mental health crisis team and other departments that could help process reports of property damage and parking violations.
“I’m being carjacked. Send your best social workers immediately.”
A significant number of armed stickups have targeted seniors and unaccompanied women at their vehicles on Minneapolis’ South Side.
Call it, Republican voter outreach.
Or would be if Republicans hadn’t climbed on the same pro-crime “criminal justice reform” bandwagon with the Left only to realize, “Wait a minute, those guys are crazy.”
Two boys, thought to be juveniles, got out of the car and approached a woman sitting in her SUV. A bystander captured a dramatic image of the suspects as one raised a gun toward her head. “Get out, get out!” they yelled, according to home surveillance audio obtained by the Star Tribune.
“Despite holding up photos of her young children and pleading for her life, two young men shot her car and the driver’s side window three times,” Higgins Victor recounted Tuesday in an e-mail to the Minneapolis City Council. “By the grace of God, she was not physically harmed.”
Remember the New York Times cheerfully profiling this particular experiment in refusing to call the police?
Mitchell Erickson’s fingers began dialing 911 last week before he had a chance to even consider alternatives, when two black teenagers who looked to be 15, at most, cornered him outside his home a block away from the park.
One of the boys pointed a gun at Mr. Erickson’s chest, demanding his car keys.
Flustered, Mr. Erickson handed over a set, but it turned out to be house keys. The teenagers got frustrated and ran off, then stole a different car down the street.
Mr. Erickson said later that he would not cooperate with prosecutors in a case against the boys. After the altercation, he realized that if there was anything he wanted, it was to offer them help. But he still felt it had been right to call the authorities because there was a gun involved.
Two days after an initial conversation, his position had evolved.
“Been thinking more about it,” he wrote in a text message. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”
“I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”
So much for that.
Meanwhile Minneapolis residents who keep voting for pro-crime Democrats and keep insisting they support Black Lives Matter and police reform are baffled as to why they’re living in hell.
“I am unsettled by the acceptance that carjacking and attempted murder is being normalized as a new way of life in our city,” Higgins Victor wrote. “Police are gone. Criminals are emboldened. City leaders are not working toward common goals.”
Oh they are. Their goal is to dismantle private property and legalize crime.
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